Today (19th June 2019) DEFRA have released a statement promising that payments will be made, in full, to farmers in agri-environment schemes who are still awaiting their payments.

DEFRA have acknowledged that a significant number of agreement holders have not yet received full payment for work they have undertaken as part of their existing Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreement. Today, it has been announced that ES and CS customers with unpaid annual revenue claims, some dating back to 2015, will receive a payment for the full amount they are owed by the end of July.

This is a Treasury-funded payment, which will be made to farmers and land managers while their annual revenue claims from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget are processed.

The RPA is writing to all unpaid customers this week to provide an update on payments. Once individual claims have been processed, the RPA will write again to customers to confirm any adjustments to be made to the final payment. If you are awaiting backdated payment, the RPA will be in touch with you.

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